October 21st-25th is National School Bus Safety Week!
More than 25 million children ride the bus to school in America every day. This week serves as a reminder to keep school bus safety a priority. Here are some tips from the National Association for Pupil Transportation.
Before the bus arrives
Have everything put away in a backpack or school bag to prevent dropping anything when walking to the bus.
Encourage your children to wear bright, contrasting colors so they can easily be seen.
Have your children ready to leave home on time to prevent running after the bus which is extremely dangerous.
Walking to the bus stop
Walk young children to the bus stop and encourage all children to walk in groups. Groups are easier for drivers to see.
Avoid walking on the street if possible. If the street is the only option, walk single file, stay as close to the edge as possible, and face traffic.
If crossing the street is required, look left, right, and left again before crossing. This also applies to crossing alleyways and driveways. Parents, please exaggerate head turns so children can learn safe habits.
At the bus stop
Have children wait where the driver can see them while driving down the street. Avoid waiting in a house or parked car.
Do not allow children to play in the street, or play with something that could roll into the street.
If there are multiple students, form a single file line before boarding the bus.
Getting on and off the bus
Teach children to tell the driver if they drop something while getting on or off the bus. Children should never attempt to retrieve something that was dropped because it takes them out of the driver’s view.
Remind children to look to the right prior to stepping off the bus.
If someone meets the children at the bus stop, he/she should wait on the side where the child will be dropped off, not across the street. Children can get very excited and run to the person waiting and forget to wait for the driver’s signal to cross.